You already know how versatile ‘Quick Vic’ Elford is: rallies, sports cars, F1, Can-Am, rallycross — a list garlanded with laurels. He turns a neat phrase, too: you’ll be gripped by his tale of how he persuaded Porsche that its new 911 model might just win a rally and race or two… And no ghost-writers involved. After inflicting his rusty Italian on poor Gian Carlo Minardi, Ed Foster e-mailed us a few ripe phrases from the Chinese GP — mainly about taxi drivers. Luckily, old Shanghai hand Simon Arron could reassure him: they’re all like that. Simon got back from the Melbourne and Sepang races in time for chilly Thruxton. Oh, the glamour… We’re in awe of Richard Heseltine this month: he’s managed to sell his 250,000-mile Fiat Barchetta. Also he drove a cornpetizione Ferrari around Hyde Park Corner, in rush hour, in the wet, without bending his NCB. Respect.